The Tennessee Salute

Tennessee State Song 8


Tennessee wildflowers; forget-me-nots found along a trail in Erwin, TN.

Tennessee wildflowers; forget-me-nots found along a trail in Erwin, TN.  Photo by Paul Sherman/Flickr (Use Permitted with Attribution).

Bicentennial March Song of Tennessee

"The Tennessee Salute" by Richard M. "Pek" Gunn was adopted as the official bicentennial march song of Tennessee In 1975. Tennessee State Songs - All State Songs


Tennessee, Oh How I love you
with your fertile rolling plain
Tennessee your lakes are playgrounds
where the water skiers sway
Purple tinted hills and mountains
Touring over fields of grain
To the speeding boats that pull them
Through the misty silvery spray
Smoke and steam from busy factories
Rising upward in the air
Trout and brim and bass and croppie
Finest in the U.S.A.
From the smoky mountains to Mississippi
Happiness is everywhere
When you go a-fishin’
Catch instead of wishing’
H’rah for good ole Tennessee
Oh how I love you
There is none that is above you
You are on the move
Tennessee is on the double
With a minimum of trouble
No one can do prove
Tennessee is on good footing
Industy is really putting
Hard times on the run
Everything that’s done and said
puts Good ole Tennessee ahead
We’ll all join in the fun